|Vivian, age 8|
Vivian was born with a Heart Condition called Truncus Arteriosus. She had surgery at 2 weeks old and then again when she was 2 years old. Vivian is able to dance and jump rope and play with her friends now thanks to the kids who raise donations for the American Heart Association.
|Cassandra, age 15|
Cassandra had a heart transplant at the age of 12 years old after collapsing during a basketball game. Her heart condition was undetected before that but she was able to return to playing the game she loves exactly one year later.
|Adelynn, age 6|
"I was born with an atrial septal defect (ASD). A cardiologist fixed my heart using cardiac catheterization. I have some restrictions, but not many and very soon I will be able to do all activities again. Now my heart is working normally and I can live a long healthy life. I hope to be either a nurse or a doctor."
|Kyle, age 11|
"I was born with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome-the right side of my heart was smaller than the left side. I had 2 cardiac catheterizations.
When I was 9, I went to the cardiologist. He said I had an anomalous right coronary artery defect-my coronary artery was being pinched behind my aorta. At any time I could go into cardiac arrest so I was scheduled for open heart surgery. Now I play basketball, lacrosse and like to duck hunt and deer hunt."
|Arden, age 7|
"I am special because I have half a heart. I was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. My mom says that I have had four open heart surgeries. Now I go to the doctor for check-ups to make sure everything is good with my heart. I take medicines every day to help my heart. I also eat lots of fruits and vegetables to make me strong and healthy."
|Jhett, age 7|
"At 10 months old I received a heart transplant. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Transplant Coronary Artery Disease and have been waiting for my second heart transplant.
I am currently taking 7 medicines, eating healthier and staying as active as my doctors will allow."
|Aiden, age 10|
"I was born with 3 holes in my heart. Now I just need to go to my cardiologist once a year to be checked. Other than that I am just a regular kid. I like to ride my bike to keep my heart healthy. I hope that all of the other kids who have sick hearts get better like me."
|Brooks, age 10|
"At 10 days old, I started having difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome with a coarctation of the aorta. I had my last surgery at 2 1/2 years old. I also had several catherizations and my mom had to give me blood-thinner shots in my legs. I also had to take lots of medicines and went to the doctor every few weeks.
Today, I am a normal 10 year old Boy Scout and I love to camp. Most people do not realize that I have a heart problem until they see my scar."